The BBQ sauce is something that many of us will reach for whenever our meal doesn’t seem all that tasty or exciting. Basically, this is what makes our meals more interesting and it can take some meat that is a little bit dried out and dull, and turn it into something that is rich, tangy, and delicious.
So popular is BBQ sauce in fact, that it is loved the world over in a range of different flavored chips and other snacks. This is a taste that many of us associate with summer, and with the sense of smoky fullness that you can only really get from a good BBQ.
It tastes great on chips, on meat, on roast dinner, on hamburgers, on hot dogs… you name it!
The only problem? Often when you buy shop-bought barbeque sauce, you won’t really have any idea what has gone into it. Among those things are a whole lot of preservatives and additives. These serve to ensure that the sauce lasts longer – most of these can be kept open for months on end – and to improve the flavor. The idea is to make you buy more of the ketchup, and to make sure that the company doesn’t have to make any more than necessary!
But they’re not so good for you. And especially if you have a kid (or partner) who insists on adding BBQ sauce to absolutely everything they eat.
If you want to enjoy this tangy flavor then, without causing yourself any harm, why not try making your own sauce? This way, you can control exactly what goes into it, and you can make something that will perfectly compliment whatever you’re cooking.
Here are the fourteen ingredients that you should try.
1. Tomato Ketchup
The first ‘ingredient’ on this list is tomato ketchup. This is basically any tangy sauce that is predominantly made up of tomatoes. Often we think of tomato ketchup as being almost like the antithesis to BBQ sauce. This is what we use when we don’t want to have a BBQ – it is the competition!
But in fact, BBQ sauce is made up of a large amount of tomato ketchup, with added spice. Therefore, you can make your own by simply turning tomato ketchup into BBQ sauce.
The problem – yet again – is that the ingredients here often include lots of preservatives and additives. You aren’t truly making it yourself. Therefore, if you really want to make your own sauce, then you also need to make your own ketchup. Thus, the following few ingredients will be providing this base.